Susan Cooklin is CIO and director of shared services at Network Rail. Her career spans over 20 years in financial services, leading business, technology and operational teams across global organisations. Last year, she launched Could IT Be You?, a competition for girls aged between 16 and 18, that asks them to explain how technology can improve their lives and make things better. The winning girl had her first-year university fees paid for by Network Rail. Three runners-up received two weeks of paid work experience and mentoring with the Network Rail IT team.